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access_time September 5, 2012 at 12:18 PM in Culture by Josh Boykin

Valve Charges $100 Fee to Post on Steam Greenlight

Valve’s new crowd-sourced Steam submission method, Steam Greenlight, has been getting a lot of trolls since the platform launched. Initially a free service, Valve will now charge $100 for a game to be listed on Greenlight.

As posted by G4, Steam has placed the $100 fee on Greenlight to prevent people from listing false games, thereby preventing people with legitimate ideas from being seen. Valve’s Alden Krall has said that they want to make sure the platform is “fair and beneficial to everyone involved,” and they’ll continue to tweak the system to suit the needs of the community. An added bonus is that the $100
listing fee will be donated to the Child’s Play charity, so everyone comes out a winner.

$100 might seem like a fairly hefty fee, but those looking to make a game that will come out on Steam will still likely profit if they put enough work into it. Also, considering the donation to charity, it seems like Valve has gamers’ interests at heart. What are your thoughts?

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